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TARPON SPRINGS - Currently, Tarpon Spring’s wastewater treatment facility stores up to 4 million gallons of reclaimed water in two tanks off of Pine Street.

But the new reclaimed water storage tank and pump station, proposed to be located on the municipal golf course, would more than double the city’s storage capabilities.

The current reclaimed water system produces an average of about 2 million gallons of reclaimed water a day; between 1.4 million and 1.5 million gallons are used daily. About 900 customers use reclaimed water in Tarpon Springs: about 68 percent is used in residential areas, 14 percent by the golf course, 7 percent by commercial and institutional buildings, 6 percent by parks and cemeteries and 5 percent for industrial usage.
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TARPON SPRINGS - As the second phase of the sponge dock improvement plan begins, the city of Tarpon Springs will begin improvements and enhancements to the sidewalks, crosswalks, docks, ramps and roadways along Dodecanese Boulevard.

Most of the plans revolve around fixing cracked sidewalks and streets and creating a more unified look along the docks, including material and staining.

“This is going to be an important aspect that you’re going to notice along the docks,” said City Manager Mark LeCouris. “It’s essential to the final look we want when this is all done.”
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TARPON SPRINGS -- The Tarpon Springs City Commission voted unanimously Feb. 3 to approve the annexation and rezoning of less than an acre of land at the southwest corner of U.S. 19 and Klosterman Road to be developed as a RaceTrac gas station and market store.

The lot, located in the parking lot of St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs campus, was previously a Mobil Gas Station.

The Tarpon Springs Planning and Zoning Committee also approved the changes 5-0 on Jan. 12.
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TARPON SPRINGS - With utility bills constantly rising, Duke Energy is helping some of its customers save some money with the Neighborhood Energy Saver program.

Begun as a pilot project in 2006 in Palmetto Park in St. Petersburg, the Neighborhood Energy Saver program provides free “energy makeovers” for low-income Duke Energy customers, making energy-efficient improvements to their homes that will show up as a decrease in their monthly utility bills.
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Thursday, January 22
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TARPON SPRINGS - In 2014, The Shepherd Center distributed 675,000 pounds of food to those in need in north Pinellas County.

Volunteers and employees handed out 30,000 bags of groceries from the food pantry, served 26,000 meals at community kitchens and provided 1,700 Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners through Project T.H.A.N.K.S.

This year, in its new, larger building, the faith-based organization finally has the room to grow, literally and figuratively.
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TARPON SPRINGS - With two new incentive grants, the Tarpon Springs City Commission is looking to attract new businesses and beautify the ones already in town.

The first, the CRA Restaurant Recruitment Grant, will help fund the repurposing of businesses into restaurants within the Community Redevelopment Area, which encompasses most of the buildings from Meres Boulevard to the Anclote River through the middle of Tarpon Springs.

The grant will pay for up to 50 percent of the cost of internal renovations, capped at $7,500.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Another bar is coming to Tarpon Springs with the new Yard of Ale, expected to open in February.

Located at 606 N. Pinellas Ave., in place of the old Lagerheadz, the bar and restaurant will sell craft and national beers and food from burgers and sandwiches to “really good appetizers,” said owner Marcus Winters.

What sets his bars apart from many others, he said, are the games, including Giant Jenga and Connect Four.
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Tuesday, January 6
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TARPON SPRINGS - In the foreground of the Greek clergy and amidst a splash of scrambling teenagers, 18-year-old Kosta Pseftelis retrieved the Epiphany cross Jan. 6 in the 109th celebration in Tarpon Springs.

One of the largest Epiphany celebrations in the western hemisphere, the annual event commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John the Baptist

This is the third year that Pseftelis, a Tarpon Springs High School graduate currently attending St. Petersburg College, has participated in the Epiphany dive.
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Tuesday, December 23
NEW PORT RICHEY - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Tarpon Springs man about 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, on charges of felon in possession of a weapon.

Jareem Roach, 24, reportedly shot toward the roadway at Marco Parilla, as he was fleeing the scene after fatally shooting Tarpon Springs Police Officer Charles Kondek Dec. 21.

Parilla, 23, a transient, is being held without bond in the Pinellas County Jail on one charge of first-degree murder of a police officer, as well as other charges from Hillsborough County.
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TARPON SPRINGS - At the makeshift memorial for Tarpon Springs Police Department Officer Charles “Charlie K” Kondek, people left flowers, signs, stuffed animals and balloons on Kondek’s police cruiser, all with the same message: thank you.

On Monday, a day after 45-year-old Kondek was shot while responding to a noise complaint at 199 Grand Blvd., and over the following days, hundreds of people turned up outside the Tarpon Springs Public Safety Facility to pay their respects. Others drove by, slowing their cars when they reached the driveway.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Funeral services for Tarpon Springs police Officer Charlie Kondek are scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 27, 11 a.m., at Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd. in Lutz.

Cemetery services will follow immediately at Grace Memorial Gardens, 16931 U.S. 19, in Hudson.

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered that flags of the United States and the state of Florida be flown at half-staff at the Pinellas County Courthouse, Tarpon Springs City Hall, Tarpon Springs Police Department and the State Capitol in Tallahassee from sunrise to sunset in Kondek’s honor.
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